Thursday, December 31, 2009

I love you...Goodbye

Yes I really love you 2009,thank you for being the luckiest year for me,you will always be my lucky nine and thank you also for always bringing me on the cloud nine but sad to say I have to say goodbye. Thank you Lord for all my wishes for 2009 granted......and by this i openly welcome 2010 with high hopes and prosperity,good health and more more more post and updates here in my blog lol.....



Sunday, December 27, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS TO PEBA WINNERS...

Indeed that tonight was really a good night and so fabulous and amazing night because the winners for PEBA was already revealed.....MABUHAY ang PEBA....for the complete list of winners you can follow this link here.........




Con·grat·u·la·tion (kən-grăch'ə-lā'shən, -grăj'-, kəng-)

  1. The act of expressing joy or acknowledgment, as for the achievement or good fortune of another.

Heres what Global Pinoys around the world say it

Dansk (Danish)n. - lykønskning
Nederlands (Dutch)felicitatie, (mv) Gefeliciteerd!
Français (French) n. - félicitation
Deutsch (German) n. - Gratulation, Glückwunsch
Ελληνική (Greek) n. - έκφραση συγχαρητηρίων, (πληθ.) συγχαρητήρια
Italiano (Italian) congratulazioni, felicitazioni, congratulazione, felicitazione
Português (Portuguese) n. - felicitação (f)
Русский (Russian) поздравление
Español (Spanish) n. - felicitaciones, enhorabuena
Svenska (Swedish) n. - gratulation
中文(简体)(Chinese (Simplified)) 祝贺, 恭喜
日本語 (Japanese) n. - 祝い, 祝いのことば, 祝辞
العربيه (Arabic) ‏(الاسم) تهنئه‏


Saturday, December 26, 2009

PEBA President and my favorite PEBA entries...

Season's Greetings to all...

As what the Black Eyed Peas mentioned from their song that i am singing while making this post that goes like this lol....I gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night That tonight's gonna be a good good night wohoooo....lol

I'm singing this coz tonight the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards for 2009 the winners for the fabulous contest that give honor and recognition to global Filipino bloggers will be revealed. The top ten outstanding blogs out of 37 nominees from 21 countries around the globe will be announced tonight December 27, 2009 at Phil-Am Life Theater in Manila,Philippines.6:00 t0 8:00 pm.


CONGRATULATIONsss!!!!! Palakpakan....CLAP!!!CLAP!!!CLAP!!!Kudos to all the people behind the PEBA



I'm so lucky that i have the opportunity to meet the president of PEBA here in Jeddah ,Saudi Arabia.The very humble and down to earth well respected man he is Mr.NJ Abad thank you for the gift lol i really appreciate and love it so much.lol

Here are the list of my favorite entries in PEBA.....


The Pink Tarha Ladies of Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


The Chook-Minders Quill of Port Wakefield ,Australia


Isla de Nebz of Khobar Kingdom of Saudi Arabia....

Im very excited to know the winners...

Again Congratulations to all and MABUHAY....

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Judas Cave and Al-Hasa Oases


Its Eid Al Adha holiday again here in Saudi Arabia.For some expat it is along vacation for them.Any plans on how to spend your holidays?Planning for an adventure?Well if you are here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia particularly on the eastern part of the kingdom i can recommend to you to visit Judas Cave and Al-Hasa Oases.As what i did last year together with my friends we decided to have a tour on that place.



Judas Cave is located at Hofuf it is the main town of the Al-Hasa Oasis about two hours drive by car from Dammam or an hour if you take the train.Al Hasa is the biggest dates palm plantation in the kingdom. We arrived on that place so early in the morning where the place is covered by fogs.
For the locals the mountain rock formation they called it Jebel Al- Qarra where the limestone cave is located the arabs called it the Ghar Al-hashab which is the cave of the arrow maker in english.

But for the Pinoy community here in the kingdom it is popularly known as the Judas cave that according to the stories circulated around the group that Judas was cast out here after betraying Jesus.I dont know if it is true maybe chismis lang lol i need some proof regarding on that claim.

The rock formation outside the cave is so stunningly beautiful formed millions of years ago.. Beneath this is the entrance going to the cave,the cave is well lighted by fluorescent light installed inside so no need for torch and lamp. The place is much cooler compared outside with the scent of urine produced by the bats, so be very careful if you will stare the ceiling be sure that your mouth is closed maybe some of the bats dung will drop exactly on your mouth if you feel lucky lol.

If you want more adventure try to reach the top of the mountain.On top of it you will see the oasis.

Wear comfortable attire and that includes abaya for all the ladies and comfortable shoes for hiking as well. Bring some refreshments a bottled water will do. The good thing about this half day tour there is no entrance fee inside the cave so its free.Enjoy and have fun.....

Monday, October 12, 2009

Vote MILES POBLETE for MTV EMERGE...

Hello to all.

I need your help and support here specially to all my PEBA and KABLOG family and friends. There is a contest going on at MTV(music television) The MTV EMERGE and my friend MILES POBLETE has two entries for the contest. Please vote her entries, give comments and rate her songs. Thank you.

Here are the links for her entries in the MTV EMERGE contest.

1.GOTTA GIVE UP SOMETIME dedicated to all PEBA family. This song is written by Gary Allan, which made it to the Top 10 new artist lists on Clear Channel USA's Kj 97.3 FM in Texas.



MILES POBLETE- A consummate performer since she was a child is one of the most talented artists in the Philippines with remarkable versatility. She sings, acts and dances with the best of them. In 1999 she was the GMA 7 Grand Prize Winner of Metropop Star Search competition. This was quickly followed by a GMA contract as an artist from 2001 to 2003, featuring regularly performances in the popular S.O.P show. It wasn’t long before the acting bug caught her and she became the regular cast of shows such as the youth oriented “CLICK BARKADA” and the soap opera “SANA’Y IKAW NA NGA” Under EMI Philippines she recorded a self titled album. From this album came the hit single “BAKIT NGA BA” In 2003 Miles left showbiz temporarily to focus on her studies and in 2005, she graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas with a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism. In 2007 and 2008 she waded into international waters when she became the premier lounge singer of two of Malaysia’s top hotels, One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya and The Hilton in Kuala Lumpur.

Thank you very much...

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Good and the bad of 79th Saudi National day celebration

September 23,2009 is a very special day for Saudi Arabia because it was the 79th Saudi National day celebration. The good thing that coincide with the national day for the Saudis was the inauguration of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and it was in the international news this past week. President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is one of the invited guest to witness the event.The university is located north of Jeddah in Thuwal on the Red Sea.If you want to know more about KAUST you can check their website http://www.kaust.edu.sa/.

The other good news that day if you love shopping some malls give special discount on all items that has color green on it "the green discount" why green? it has a connection in honor for their national flag which is color green.

That was a good news and i noticed it happened on the western part of KSA.If there is a good news there is also a bad news and it happened the other side of KSA in the eastern region and in the Gulf area. The place is in Al-khobar. I love that place because i was assigned to work their for almost one and a half years.

So here is the bad news.That night some Saudi teenagers went wild and crazy maybe this is the result of their intense boredom for the celebration is kinda boring because as you know live concerts,disco or clubbing is not allowed here in KSA. And because there is no avenue for them to release their too much excitement they produce a riot. What the Saudi teenagers did that night they sacked restaurants, looted shops and destroyed pretty much anything in their path.

Oh boy my company where i am working right now is not lucky enough, one of our branch located in Tamimi safeway in Corniche was part of the victim of that riot.It destroyed our shop by breaking the glass windows and they took our computer where all of the data of all transactions of the business was there.It is now a big problem for our company specially the IT department.They took also our cash register so money is gone but only the petty cash. Since it was long holiday and banks were closed so most of the cash to be deposited were accumulated until the bank operations resume so it is a big amount but the pharmacist in charge of that place is lucky enough because he took the money on a safe place.So lucky the cash is with him. so here is the picture the result of the riot.


It was in the arab new check this.
http://arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=126786&d=27&m=9&y=2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Manhattan fish market

Yes its Manhattan but not the place that your thinking right now.Im still here in Saudi Arabia not in the USA and Jeddah in particular. Join me to my newly discovered place to be here in Jeddah amazingly fit and fab and its all about seafoods.The Manhattan Fish market.

Inspired by the finest seafood restaurants found along Fulton Street in Manhattan ,TMFM serve you only the freshest, lip-smacking American style seafood. One bite is enough to keep you swimming back.

This is the Manhattan fish market in Andalus street in Jeddah,KSA a few blocks away from our house in Ruwais district in Jeddah.TMFM can also be found in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand

A mini entertainment done by Kabayan before serving the food. Thats what you call flamin-hot-fresh-n-crispy sort kind of a show.....

Its all mine lol The giant flaming whole lobster platter with assorted seafood served on a bed of chips and garlic rice and a bottomless iced tea.

Did you know?
1. Fish has been on earth for more than 450 million years, long before dinosaurs even roamed the earth.
2. Eating fish is good to boost brainpower, as they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
3. 40% of all fish species inhabit fresh water, yet less than .01% of the earth's water is fresh water.
4. Fish have excellent senses of sight, touch, taste and many possess a good sense of smell and even' hearing'.
5. Fish feel pain and suffer stress just like mammals and birds.
6.There are more species of fish than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined.
7.The oldest goldfish recorded was 43 years old!
8.Dental offices have tanks in order to reduce anxiety in patients.
9.The stonefish, which lives off the coast of Australia, is the most poisonous fish in the world.
10.The lung fish can live out of water for as long as four years!
11.A jellyfish is 95 percent water!
12.Some fish have eyes that are the same size as their stomach!
13.A starfish doesn't have a brain.

source:
http://www.funshun.com/amazing-facts/fish-animal-facts.html.

Monday, September 14, 2009

My ube-buko -pandan inspired room.

Welcome to my safe haven in the desert. My room when i was in Riyadh,
Welcome to my ube-buko-pandan inspired room. Inspired from jollibee ube craze dessert and goldilocks ube roll. I missed it terribly and i missed home as well.Because of boredom i made all this.I am the one who painted it as well as to arrange the set up of my room.

The entrance i put this chairs and table that i got from the garage area and painted it. The basket is from my friend where they used it as part of their window display in the mall n a clothing store instead to disposed it to trash he gave it to me.

the left side of my bed is a rocking chair from IKEA.The mirror also is from Ikea. Comforter from Bed and bath store.

My entertainment area my 40 inches sony bravia. Couch and tables from Ikea.



Vases from Zara home. Lamp shades from Ikea. Cabinet from Ikea


Vases from Zara home.



Candle holders from Zara home. Candles from Ikea...

Well that was my room in Riyadh.So where are those stuff? I send it not here in Jeddah but to my home in the Philippines....lol New place, new home new life......

The meaning of Purple and Green color according to science.......


Purple is the color of good judgment. It is the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation.

Purple has been used to symbolize magic and mystery, as well as royalty. Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors, purple is believed to be the ideal color. Most children love the color purple. Purple is the color most favored by artists. Thursday's color is purple.

Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful color. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nobody dance with me!!!



Because of my sleeping habit is not normal this past week due to ramadan schedule where im awake the whole night and sleeping late in the morning and i got a long free time after work.My everyday routine also changed from the usual watching tfc shows to dvd movies. Feel bored last night and I browsed the net and this what i found after that cant help myself but to dance lol...blame it also to the culture here where there is no place for clubbing and bar hopping lol lol lol big thanks to TEAMKOSHI of youtube for creating LEMO my new dance instructor lol

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Laing Pizza

Laing Pizza (Taro vegetable leaf)are you familiar with this?well i tried one, this is not your ordinary Italian pizza,this is so Pinoy and very Bicol and 100% oragun as what the bicolanos said in their dialect an adjective pertaining to extra ordinary or simply the best.

You can find and try this at Camarines Sur Water Sport Complex .This special pizza is topped with cheese, shrimp cooked in coconut milk and the main ingredient the laing.If you want it hot and spicy you can add dried chili powder on it or the siling labuyo . So delicious,yummy and crunchy..

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lago del Rey-Ultimate Lake adventure

After wakeboarding this is what i did during my vacation in the Philippines. Boating and kayaking at Lago Del Rey or the "Kings Lake" in Camarines Sur.

Lago del Rey – a giant man-made lake right across the road from the fabulous wakeboard cable lake of the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) that offers the best water-based entertainment facilities in Asia.

Intended to balance the cable park’s extreme sports forte, Lago del Rey – a facility expected to be fit for royalty as its name infers – will however offer very affordable wholesome family watersports entertainment including giant water slides, aqua wall climbing, water polo, water volleyball, kayaking, aqua obstacle course, paddle surfing, boat-towed wakeboarding and skiing, dragonboating and, of course, pure and simple swimming.


This is also the venue for the Ironman 70.3 Philippines an international triathlon challenge on August 23,2009. A 70.3 mile race course (total distance) — 1.2-mile swim (1.9 km), 56-mile bike (90 km) and 13.1-mile run (21.1 km) — around the world renowned CWC.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Song of the Traveller


This is one of my favorite poem after Mi ultimo adios written by Jose Rizal Philippines national hero.This poem is very closed to my heart as an OFW and i share this also to all the Filipino Overseas Worker around the globe.Mabuhay!!!!

The Song of the Traveller

by Jose Rizal



Like to a leaf that is fallen and withered,
Tossed by the tempest from pole unto pole ;
hus roams the pilgrim abroad without purpose,
Roams without love, without country or soul.

Following anxiously treacherous fortune,
Fortune which e 'en as he grasps at it flees ;
Vain though the hopes that his yearning is seeking,
Yet does the pilgrim embark on the seas !

Ever impelled by the invisible power,
Destined to roam from the East to the West ;
Oft he remembers the faces of loved ones,
Dreams of the day when he, too, was at rest.

Chance may assign him a tomb on the desert,
Grant him a final asylum of peace ;
Soon by the world and his country forgotten,
God rest his soul when his wanderings cease !

Often the sorrowing pilgrim is envied,
Circling the globe like a sea-gull above ;
Little, ah, little they know what a void
Saddens his soul by the absence of love.

Home may the pilgrim return in the future,
Back to his loved ones his footsteps he bends ;
Naught wìll he find but the snow and the ruins,
Ashes of love and the tomb of his friends,

Pilgrim, begone ! Nor return more hereafter,
Stranger thou art in the land of thy birth ;
Others may sing of their love while rejoicing,
Thou once again must roam o'er the earth.

Pilgrim, begone ! Nor return more hereafter,
Dry are the tears that a while for thee ran ;
Pilgrim, begone ! And forget thine affliction,
Loud laughs the world at the sorrows of man.

Translated by Arthur P.Ferguson


Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Ramadan

A day before ramadan was the day I arrive in Jeddah.It was friday, weekend thats why the street is so quiet and no traffic at all.My schedule of work is different from my regular day a long time for rest.My work start at 1pm to 4pm-rest-back to work again at 9pm until 2am-rest rest rest.So it is a happy ramadan for me.At day time the street is so empty and at night it is so crowded. Lots of sale and promotion to food items in the supermarket even at the restaurants and fast food chains but they are open at night only. During this season i get a good and amazing sales in food supplements and multivitamins from my arab clients so it mean to say fabulous commission...love it.

The name "Ramaḍāma" had been the name of the ninth month in the Arab world long before the arrival of Islam; the word itself derived from an Arabic root rmḍ, as in words like "ramiḍa" or "ar-ramaḍ" denoting intense heat, scorched ground and shortness of rations.



If the Christian has a star or parol for the Pinoys for decorations, the Muslim arabs also have decorations like this they called it FANOOS.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Destination-JEDDAH KSA

From Eastern region to Central region and finally where i am?Finally i arrived to my final destination the western part of Saudi Arabia I'm here now in JEDDAH.

My team leader in Riyadh told me that the western team of my company is in need of pharmacist without any hesitation i volunteered myself to be part of that team.A big yes from my boss and i am the chosen one. They give me a week to pack all my stuff. They booked my flight via Saudia Air on August 21 a day before the ramadan.Today is my second day here in Jeddah.There is something about Jeddah that makes me excited and its up for me to discover as what all my Saudi friends told me Jeddah is the kingdom's haven of gentle and friendly people.

O BELOVED JEDDAH!
YOU HAVE A SPECIAL STATUS IN THE HEART.
YOUR LOVE IS SACRED LIKE A MAGICAL BOX FULL OF SECRETS
YOU ARE AN ARID PORT AND TOWN,
BUT FROM THE ENDURING COMPASSION!

BY: Ahmad Qandil-Jedah's popular Literature Pioneer

The map of Jeddah.The head of the region is Prince Khalid Al Faisal. The location of Jeddah is in west coast of Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea. With a population of 3.4 million and the second largest city in Saudi arabia.

This is the King Khaled Int's Airport in Riyadh. Almost all of the passengers bound to Jeddah are male pilgrims i made this conclusion because of their attire not a thobe but a plain big white towel wrapped around to their bodies.


I'm too early at the airport but sad to say the flight is delayed by almost half an hour prior to that i had my meal at the airport the saudi kabsa-a roasted chicken and a yellow rice.After an hour and forty five minutes in the air finally i arrived at Jeddah safe and happy.What a beautiful sweet escape experience for me....lol

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wakeboarding at Camsur Watersports Complex

This is what i did during my vacation in the Philippines.Wakeboarding at Camsur watersports complex.


The Camsur Watersports Comlex is the first world-class watersports complex in the Philippines and in Asia. CWC aims to bring cable skiing to a whole new level and attract watersports enthusiasts from all over the world with its top of the line facilities and relaxing environment. This six (6)-hectare complex, with its 6-point cable ski system, is sure to draw guests, riders and spectators by the thousands. Because of good weather conditions, cable skiing in the park can be done all year round.


The CAMSUR WATERSPORTS COMPLEX is located within the Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur. The province of Camarines Sur, situated in southeastern part of Luzon is found in the Philippines, Southeast Asia.



Cable skiing is simply water-skiing where the skier is pulled by an overhead cable suspended 8-12 meters above water surface by specifically designed pylons. The cables run counter clockwise around the lake. It is powered by a variable speed electric motor which can maintain speeds between 20 - 65 km/h.



Wakeboarding was created from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. Instead of using skis, the rider rides a single board with stationary non-release bindings for each foot, standing sideways. Wakeboarding, besides being one of the world’s fastest growing sports and is gradually being recognized globally, has become a lifestyle for others.



Since this is my first time to do it a short explanation of the basic and safety of wakeboarding .Im ready to be drowned lol.

For a neophyte like me in this sport this is the first step kneeboarding and for two days this is the only lesson i learned and i didnt passed to be on the next level until my body gave up due to body pain to the point that i can no longer remove and put my shirt on by myself thanks to the help of my brothers and to salonpass lol and not to forget to the bottomless water i drunk from the lake but i really enjoyed that sport and i will do it again after all its very near a three hour drive away from our house in Bicol.



Kneeboarding is an aquatic sport where the participant is towed on a buoyant, convex, and hydrodynamically-shaped board at a planing speed behind a motorboat or cable. In the usual configuration of a towsport kdeck with an adjustable strap. As in wakeboarding or water skiing, the rider hangs ont neeboard, the rider sits on his heels on the board, and secures himself to the an easier learning curve, and not requiring as much effort to have fun. o a tow-rope. The forte of kneeboarding vis-à-vis other towsports seems to be

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Stargazer for Tita Cory


From the narration of Kris Aquino the daughter of our late Pesident Cory Aquino that she saw the sign from this lovely fower, the stargazer lily that her mother is now at peace and happily reunited with Ninoy in heaven.

The stargazer flower appeared in the dream of Senator Tessie Aquino Oreta that her brother Ninoy directed her to visit Cory and give the stargazer flower to her.

From that narration of Kris i asked mysef fom all the flowers why stargazer and i researched the meaning of this flower.

One of the most stunning and perhaps most celebrated lily varieties is the Stargazer lily. Known for its striking blooms and heavenly scent, the stargazer is a fantastic choice for a number of occasions. Delicate, bold, and fragrant all at once, stargazers can say Congratulations, I'm Sorry, and everything in between.

The stargazer has added a new layer to the already rich legacy of lilies, which have been a significant floral symbol for centuries. In ancient mythology and in folklore from around the world, the lily has appeared as a deeply spiritual and philosophical metaphor. Developed in the latter part of the 20th century, the stargazer lily is a recent addition to the lily family, but this unique and rather exotic hybrid has rapidly risen in popularity to become one of the most adored and sought-after of all lily varieties.


The lily family has traditionally represented innocence and purity. These motifs appeared as far back as ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and reappeared in biblical traditions. Stargazer lilies have come to be associated with these meanings, but they've taken on additional meanings as well. White stargazer lilies, in particular, have come to characterize a sense of purity and are often used as an expression of sympathy. The pink varieties are also considered symbolic of wealth and prosperity, as well being as a sign of aspiration.

from:www.proflowers.com

Thank you and we will miss you Tita Cory.



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Love Story meets Viva La Vida

Hello again sorry for the interruption of my vacation post here.I will share this kind of music that i really love and i listen over and over again. If you know the song of Taylor Swift"love story" and the other one is from my favorite band Coldplay their so famous Viva La Vida .If you already heard or familiar with it please do listen to this in full volume lol this is so amazingly beautiful done in piano and cello by Jon Schmidt.The Arrangement is so fantastic my two favorite songs done in one composition.Bravoooo

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Singapore Air food trip

What makes me feel more excited in travelling by plane are the food they serve plus the friendly and accommodating flight attendant and Singapore air is the right answer to that.My official carrier of my journey from Riyadh to Manila and back to Riyadh.Stewardess aka Singapore girls were dressed in a version of Malay sarong kebaya a very unique east asian uniform for them and i love the unique accent also when the girls speak in english.

Singapore Sling cocktail drink a must try while on board after all its free.... And i love to drink it in public.
Wow I love the freedom to drink beer in public coz in Saudi Arabia any alcoholic beverages is a big no no if you were caught you will suffered your action inside the jail plus the never ending lashes

Wide range of movies to watch for while on plane

Breakfast

Food that they serve Dubai to Singapore


Food they serve from Riyadh to Dubai a thirty minutes flight and an hour of stopover to pick some passengers bound to Singapore

From Wiki

Singapore Airlines was ranked 33rd in Fortune's World’s Most Admired Companies rankings in 2009 and has built up a strong brand name as a trendsetter in the aviation industry, particularly in terms of innovation, safety and service excellence, coupled with consistent profitability. It has won numerous awards and is an industry bellwether for aircraft purchases. Singapore Airlines is headquartered at Airline House, by Changi Airport.



Monday, July 20, 2009

Fly Away

Inside the King Khalid International Airport
The Huge Mosque Inside the Airport Compound
Airplane...Tayara in Arabic

So Excited my Flight is at 8pm i reached the airport at 4pm

Scene in going to the airport